Reading List

What am I reading right now? (2018-3-11)

I am reading a bunch of stuff right now, with several dozen things bookmarked and at least 45 items on one of my library cards.


  • I am reading chapter 3 of Junction Landlord, by Toronto activist and fellow York U alum Jessie Zimmerman.
  • I should be in chapter 2 of Dune Messiah but I haven’t checked in a while.
  • I started Noble House last month.
  • I’m trying to quickly start and finish Daisy Miller.
  • I believe I’m done reading the parts of Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography that I was interested in, specifically those about his university years and later professorship in Basel.
  • I have purchased the final available copy of Janice Kim’s To Live to Work: Factory Women in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 that was on Amazon and I will read it once I receive it. Janice was my first professor at York University and has been a friend for over a decade.
  • I am reading Ontario labour law for one of my jobs.
  • I am always enticed to borrow a Toni Morrison novel from work, as we have a stylishly designed set. However, I always forget that I have a copy of Song of Solomon in a to read pile next to my desktop.
  • Bought a copy of The New Yorker after speaking to an associate at Chapters. Should’ve asked for her name.
  • >40 other books and movies in my room to read or to watch. I need another IKEA Billy shelf for these.

My April Reading List

In no particular order:

  1. Graham Greene – The Heart of the Matter
  2. Ernest Hemingway – Green Hills of Africa
  3. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
  4. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Beautiful and Damned
  5. Evelyn Waugh – Brideshead Revisited
  6. E.M. Forster – Maurice
  7. Truman Capote – In Cold Blood
  8. Martin Amis – Success
  9. Yasunari Kawabata – The Sound of the Mountain
  10. Wu Cheng’en – Journey to the West
  11. (Disputed) – Outlaws of the Marsh
  12. (Disputed) –  The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
  13. Cao Xuequin – Dream of the Red Chamber
  14. Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses
  15. Arthur Schnitzler – Dream Story
  16. Thomas Mann – The Magic Mountain



  • Brideshead Revisited, I.3
  • Maurice, ch. 12
  • War and Peace, ch. 23
  • The Heart of the Matter, II.1.3


  • I’m not sure when Waugh is talking about Brideshead if he’s talking about the estate or the eldest Marchmain son.
  • Awkward: finished both Maurice and Brideshead Revisited with a gay episode. Strangely, as opposed to Yukio Mishima’s Confessions of a Mask and Forbidden Colors, I am not fully convinced of these “coming out of the closet” episodes. They’re more a painful and languid “teasing” out of one’s true self. Then again, Forster was openly gay and his experiences and writings are probably more genuine than that of Mishima, who I have maintained was heterosexual or bisexual.
  • Maurice was particularly unconvincing. I must re-read the last two chapters.

January 2014

  1. Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter, bk. 2, ch. 1;
  2. E.M. Forster’s Maurice, ch. 7;
  3. Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, bk. 1, ch. 1;
  4. D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, ch. 1;
  5. Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, ch. 20;
  6. Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon, ch. 7.

New Books:

  1. Barbara Gowdy’s Falling Angels,
  2. Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing,
  3. Andre Gide’s The Immoralist,
  4. Martin Amis’ Success.